Catholic Education – Vision and Ethos

Some work has been undertaken to formalize the lived vision for all Catholic education community. You may find the enclosed documents helpful.


Catholic Education -The Vision



vision08   Bishops Conference  pastoral letter

Catholic Schools FAQs – Ethos

Maeve Mahon gives an insight into what is different about a Catholic school in regard to the characteristic spirit or ethos of the school.  Check out this link to her video :

Guidelines for the inclusion of students from other faiths in Catholic Schools.

These guidelines offer suggestions to Catholic secondary schools as to how to welcome and facilitate students of different faiths and no faith, while remaining true to the characteristic spirit of the school.  The guidelines seek to address some of the challenges faced by Catholic schools in a 21st Century diverse Ireland and to encourage schools to be truly Catholic in its approach to hospitability and inclusiveness of all faiths and none in their schools.  These guidelines can be downloaded in pdf  below.

Guidelines for Students of Other Faiths Manual

Catholic Schools Week is an important way of reminding ourselves of our special ethos. We have attached this year’s address by Bishop McKeown as a resource for thought and discussion.


Cardinal’s Letter to Principals, Heads of Rel Ed and Boards of Gov/management 2010

Resources for Liturgy and school life:


Practical ways to put Christ back into Christmas

Advent Reconciliation

Happy Birthday Jesus   Card

Christmas 2010 Workbook for KS 2 and Year 8

Mary’s dream


The Story of Silent Night

The Christmas Story

The Fourth wise man


BEING – a prayer reflection


The month of October

Mass for Retirement.

Reflection   Taking my place

A School Policy for Religious Education: ROI

RE Policy
Assembling and updating an RE policy will help develop a clear vision of RE in your school. ‘Towards a Policy on Religious Education in Post-Primary Schools’ is the document published by Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference which will greatly help you in developing your school’s RE policy. Developing, putting in place and reviewing regularly this policy document will give your department a clear picture of the aims, procedures, expectations and roles in RE in your school.

Towards R E_subject_plan_

booklet a policy in RE

Guidelines for youth_retreats_in_ireland

8C3268BDd01 Core Syllabus RE

Cardinal’s Letter to Principals, Heads of Rel Ed and Management. Aug 2010

GUIDE TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS Catechetical Directory for Ireland


Junior Certificate Religious Education ROI

Junior Certificate RE Syllabus

Junior Certificate RE Guidelines

Journal Titles 2010-11

J C R E Journal Titles 2012 – 13

Junior Cycle Religious Education (JCRE) may be taught from three points of departure: 1. Following the JCRE syllabus and students taking the examination 2. Following the JCRE syllabus and not taking the state examination 3. Junior Certificate Schools Programme.

Do visit this site for news and support:


Junior Cycle Reform
A reminder to folk  of the change to the proposed Junior Cycle reforms announced by Minister Quinn this month: “Most students will generally take no fewer than 8 subjects and no more than 10 full subjects for certification purposes in the new junior cycle. Students can substitute two short courses for one full subject, allowing options such as Chinese or Physical Education or Digital Media Literacy to be taken. Schools will also be able to offer their own short courses in accordance with specifications provided by the NCCA.”
Please keep in mind these points in relation to the time allocation of R.E. in Post-Primary schools:
  • Share The Good News p. 156 states, “All second-level schools, encouraging critical thinking across the Curriculum among adolescents and recognising the multi-faceted world they inhabit, should give significant time and space to support young people in developing the spiritual and moral dimension of their lives. Two hours of Religious Education, that is, three class periods, is the accepted minimum for all classes at second level, a time allocation that the Irish Catholic Bishops join in affirming as the least amount of time that can be considered appropriate. Anything less is clearly insufficient. These class periods should be taken by qualified religious educators, whether or not the class group is sitting a State certified Religious Education examination. (Share the Good News – National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland: Irish Episcopal Conference, 2010)


  • Bishops’ Guidelines p.10 states “In non-examination classes religious education should be allocated a minimum of two hours per week. It is not acceptable, for any reason, that this requirement be reduced in schools where the education of Catholic students takes place. Boards of management and principals should do all in their power to prevent the erosion of this small number of hours on the timetable.” (Guidelines for the Faith Formation and Development of Catholic Students: The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, 1999)


  • The Model Agreement for community schools and designated colleges states: “The religious worship attended by any pupil at the school/college and the religious instruction given to any pupil shall be in accordance with the rites, practice and teaching of the religious denomination to which the pupil belongs. Religious instruction as aforesaid of the order of 2 hours shall be given to all pupils in the school (except those who are withdrawn from religious instruction in accordance with the provisions of sub-clause (i) of this clause) in each week during which the school is in session.”



RE examination for Leaving Cerificate Students ROI.

Within the Archdiocese of Armagh there are schools providing students with the opportunity to study Religious Education as a subject for the Leaving Certificate. You can access the syllabus and coursework titles here.

Leaving Certificate RE Syllabus

LC Course Work Titles 2010-11


LC RE Coursework Titles 2013

Vist the link below for further support 2011/12

Senior general Religious Education.

One of the great and burning issues is the provision of suitable religious education for 5th and 6th Form students alongside whatever examination subjects they may be taking. The Churches asked the NCCA to prepare a Framework for Senior Cycle Religious Education and we hope you will use this to resource your teaching of modules at this level. It is an attractive and most helpful document. You should review the themes offered and fit them to your own needs and programme.

Framework for Religious Education

People of Faith:

Research someone who has really tried to live their discipleship of Jesus and examine how their example has inspired others on their faith journey : Some examples:

Profile One Thomas Merton

Profile Two Mother Teresa

Profile Three Edith Stein

A Million Welcomes to our new blog !

Greetings. For some time we have been anxious to start a website to help resource religious education teachers within our two areas of work. We were not comfortable with the formality of a website with the kind of restrictions and care one needs in any kind of institutional setting. We were excited when using a blog was suggested as it is both informal and personal, more interactive and in truth much more alive than any website  we have experienced so far. During this year we hope to hold discussions and share resources within the RC post primary sector and hope that it will be a new tool to assist in ongoing contact, discussion and the generous sharing of resources and practical advice.     Declan & Susan

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